So you want to know how to do Spring Cleaning effectively and efficiently? You want to Spring Clean your entire house in 1 weekend? Well, guess what? It is possible! You can Spring Clean your entire house in a weekend!
However, when it comes to Spring Cleaning your home quickly, you need to be prepared and have a plan.
Who should try to Spring Clean their entire home in 3 days?
If you work during the week and don’t want to take a week of vacation to Spring Clean your home OR you just want to get your Spring Cleaning finished so you can move on with your life, then this series is for you.
This plan assumes that you will prepare for your Spring Cleaning weekend one night during the week. Then you will begin your cleaning session on a Friday night after work. However, you can certainly start any day of the week.
How to PLAN your 3 day Spring Cleaning session
What’s your goal:
- To clean?
- To organize?
- To simplify?
Knowing your main objective for this Spring Cleaning session will help you stay focused and not get sidetracked. It will also help you determine which areas to spend the most time.
You will want to be deliberate about which specific areas you’d like to clean in each room.
Look around each room and determine the specific areas you absolutely don’t want to miss while you’re cleaning. These are the items you don’t clean very often. Here are some ideas to get your thinking:
- Clean the washing machine.
- Clean the dryer vent.
- Clean under the washer and dryer.
- Condition leather furniture.
- Clean the bathroom vent.
- Clean the refrigerator coils.
These are just a few suggestions. For a more comprehensive list, go to The Ultimate Spring Cleaning checklist. You’ll find hundreds of ideas (as well as step-by-step instructions to clean each item).
How to PREPARE your 3 day Spring Cleaning session
You’ve determined your goal. Now it’s time to gather all of your supplies.
1. First of all, I highly recommend putting together a decluttering toolkit.
I call it a decluttering toolkit, but it can actually be used as a “get your stuff back where it belongs” toolkit. So even if you don’t plan to simplify your stuff or clear the clutter in many areas, it’s a great tool to have while you Spring Clean.
2. Gather all of your cleaning supplies.
Here’s a list of potential Spring Cleaning supplies you may want to keep in your cleaning kit:
- All-purpose Cleaner
- Furniture polish
- Glass Cleaner
- Leather Conditioner (if needed)
- Carpet Stain Remover
- Soap Scum Remover
- Toilet Cleaner
- Toilet Brush
- Pumice stone if you need to remove a rust ring
- Microfiber cloth
- Dish Sponge or Scouring Pad
- Commercial Degreaser (optional)
- Magic Eraser
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Nylon pan scraper
- Deep Clean Brush Set
- Broom and dustpan
- Mop or Steam Mop
- Dryer Vent Cleaning Supplies
How to TAKE ACTION during your 3 day Spring Cleaning session
Day 1: Clear Surfaces
You’ve probably been at work all day so you only have a few hours to get prepared for a weekend full of cleaning. So, I recommend that you do a little prep work on Friday night to make your Saturday and Sunday jobs easier.
1. Clear surfaces.
Clearing surfaces is the first step on the Home Organization Life Cycle. It’s also the first step you want to take when you embark on a deep cleaning journey. The reason is that it’s impossible to deep clean every inch of your countertops and tables when they are full of mail, small appliances, tchotchkes, or knick knacks. You can’t clean every inch of your flooring when there are piles all over the place.
When you’re trying to Spring Clean in a hurry, the last thing you want to do is have to move piles every 60 seconds so you can clean a surface…and then replace that pile back onto your newly cleaned area. Clear every possible surface so you don’t spend days cleaning only to have it look messy immediately afterwards.
Fewer possession on surfaces (the floor, counters, and tables) will make your Spring Cleaning day MUCH EASIER.
2. Wash, dry, and fold all of your laundry.
The next thing to do on day 1 is to wash, dry, AND fold all of your laundry. I know. I know. You might have objections to this. But finishing your laundry is really part of “clearing surfaces.” Your floor, laundry basket(s), and laundry room will be free from clothing clutter; thus, making it easier to clean.
If you truly want to Spring Clean (or DEEP clean) then this is a small sacrifice to make. Here’s why.
When all of your “normal” laundry is washed and put away, your washer and dryer will be available to clean sheets, blanks, stuffed animals…basically any of those items you don’t wash on a regular basis. You’ll be able to deep clean your washer and dryer. And you can use your baskets to haul supplies or out-of-place items the following two days.
If doing all your laundry on a Friday night stresses you out, then try to wash one load a day every day the week prior.
3. Wash, dry, and put away all of your dishes.
Just like the laundry, you will want to to wash the dishes, dry them and put them away. That way, if you have a dishwasher, you can use it to deep clean a items like small trash cans, plastic toys, baseball caps, or one of the other random items that can be cleaned in a dishwasher. PLUS you can scrub down and deep clean the dishwasher too. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you’ll still want to clean your dishes so you can deep clean the counter and sink.
Day 2: Declutter and Organize
One of the major benefits of Spring Cleaning is that you’re in the mood to streamline and organize areas of of your home that you often ignore. Closets. Drawers. Dressers. Basically, all of the hidden areas.
However, cleaning out a closet or drawer usually means making a mess first. That’s why it’s logical to declutter before actually cleaning.
For example, every month or so, I have to clean out our coat closet. This particular closet is often used as a “drop zone” for backpacks, shoes, and other random items that the kids bring home so it can get messy in a hurry. It doesn’t take long to clean out, but I usually line up the shoes in the hallway so the kids can take them to their proper location, hang the the backpacks on their proper hooks, straighten up the coats, and those “extra” items are put in my decluttering toolkit. Once everything is in it’s proper place, it’s quite obvious that the tile floor in that hallway needs to be swept and sometimes even needs a good scrubbing.
It would be a waste of time to clean the floor and then pile the shoes back up. That’s why we always declutter and organize first, then clean.
The same is true for every closet, cabinet, or drawer in your home. If part of your Spring Cleaning plan is to declutter and organize, then day two is the day to make it happen.
Day 3: Deep Clean
By now the surfaces in your home are clear and your closets, cabinets, and drawers are streamlined and organized. That means it’s time to pull out your cleaning products and start scrubbing! Here are a few tips to help you clean quickly and efficiently:
- Keep your cleaning supplies with you at all times. That way you won’t get sidetracked running across the house to get cleaning product you forgot.
- As you work, clean top to bottom and left to right.
- Start in one room and work your way out. Then move to another room.
Making the Most of your Spring Cleaning weekend.
Doing an entire Spring Cleaning session in one weekend is very efficient. And if you’re the type of person who wants to get your home in order FAST so you can enjoy the beautiful weather outside for the remainder of the season, Spring Cleaning in a Weekend is custom made for you!
If you’re up for the challenge, snag these printables and checklists to make your Spring Cleaning in 1 Weekend session easier and more efficient.